Bottas unaware of interest from other F1 teams, but wants the quickest car available

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Valtteri Bottas has responded to questions about his future with Williams by saying that he wants to be in the quickest car available, suggesting that a move away from the team could be possible.

The Finn was one of the breakout stars of the 2014 Formula 1 season, finishing fourth in the championship with six podium finishes to his name as Williams returned to the front of the field.

His success did not go unnoticed in F1, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff identifying the Finn as a possible replacement for world champion Lewis Hamilton in the unlikely event of the Briton not extending his contract with Mercedes at the end of 2015.

Bottas has also been tipped as a possible replacement for Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, with the 2007 world champion suggesting last year that he may walk away from F1 upon the expiration of his contract with the Italian team.

Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, Bottas was quick to shy away from the rumors, but did not reject the suggestion of a move away from the team in the future.

“I don’t know if there is,” he said when asked about possible interest from other teams. “Maybe this is a question for my management. I don’t know anything about Kimi’s contract.

“All I know is that I want to be in the quickest car available. That’s all I can say.”

The truth is that the Williams could well be the quickest car available to Bottas for 2016. Hamilton looks all but certain to sign a new deal with Mercedes, and the Williams FW36 was the second-fastest car for much of last year.

If the team can carry this form into 2015, it is likely that Bottas would be happy to stay put as he goes in search of his maiden F1 victory.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis